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  • March 26, 2014

    IRTC instructor Jay Voissem featured in "Realm Without Limits" series from Woodberry Forest Magazine

    Jay VoissemFast-frozen foods seemed a marvel, way back in the first half of the twentieth century. Now, as Jay Voissem '99 sees it, we pretty much take them for granted. We don't think about how foods in the supermarket freezer got there. Many delecacies on our restaurant table had to be chilled even before they were transported - but again, to us, that's nice, but no big deal.

    To Jay, a mechanical engineer specializing in refrigeration, these everyday miracles are the stuff of never-ending study and evolution. At Innovative Refrigeration Systems, in Lyndhurst, Virginia, Jay fills a variety of roles in designing and building refrigeration installations for companies throughout North America - to freeze a harvest, cool bananas, bring pasteurized milk down to proper temperature, help brew beer, make ice cream. Inventor Clarence Birdseye figured out how to freeze and package fish in 1924, but the industry is still changing, often in radical ways...

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  • February 1, 2014

    Introducing Hands-On CO2 Refrigeration Lab

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College announces the opening of the CO2 lab coming in first quarter 2014. The first CO2 refrigeration course will be held Feb 26th - 28th. This class will provide a basic understanding of CO2 refrigeration systems. It gives a broad introduction of the fundamental knowledge required to work on Carbon Dioxide Systems. The course encompasses specific properties of CO2, safety, design, installation and maintenance. It also includes the advantages of using CO2, and the functionality of different types of refrigeration systems: Cascade systems using ammonia or other refrigerant as the high temperature condensing medium, Transcritical, pumped liquid recirculation, secondary coolant and direct expansion.

  • August 8, 2011

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College offers New Energy Management Application

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC), a high-tech, industrial ammonia refrigeration training facility, is pleased to offer eConserve, an Internet-based energy management system designed to help companies achieve energy efficiency and cost-reduction. This energy monitoring and analyzing suite allows administrators to control their energy usage. Features of eConserve include monthly utility bill tracking and analysis; web-based real-time metering; energy consumption trending reports; and benchmarking. “Energy conservation is a huge issue right now, with companies trying to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as reduce their energy costs,” said Ken Johnson, Instructor, IRTC. “Our Instructors can analyze the data collected through eConserve and recommend courses of action, perform tune-ups, and compare an operation to others using the program.” Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC) is the top ammonia refrigeration education facility in the nation. IRTC offers educational opportunities for aspiring ammonia refrigeration technicians, as well as current technicians and operators through a combination of classroom and hands-on, real-life training in our state-of-the-art training facility. IRTC is a RETA-certified testing center. To learn more about IRTC, please call 540.941.1991 or visit us online at www.ammoniatraining.org.

  • May 2, 2011

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College offers New EPA Compliance Application

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC), a high-tech, industrial ammonia refrigeration training facility, is pleased to offer eCompliance, an application for maintaining Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Act compliance by securely documenting refrigerant inventory, recovery, disposal, and reclaiming, as well as system maintenance. Data collected through the application is stored for risk management and hazard assessment planning. “eCompliance was created to serve as an all-in-one repository for information relevant to EPA compliance,” said Frank Boykin, Industrial Refrigeration Instructor, IRTC. “The application serves as a Clean Air Act compliance manager and sends notifications for both upcoming and elapsed preventative maintenance.” eCompliance also digitizes refrigeration systems and classifies equipment by EPA type; calculates leak rates; sends EPA leak repair requirement notifications; allows for technician management; and provides inventory and certification tracking. Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC) is the top ammonia refrigeration education facility in the nation. IRTC offers educational opportunities for aspiring ammonia refrigeration technicians, as well as current technicians and operators through a combination of classroom and hands-on, real-life training in our state-of-the-art training facility. IRTC is a RETA-certified testing center. To learn more about IRTC, please call 540.941.1991 or visit us online at www.ammoniatraining.org.